A Guide To Protecting Trees In The Community and the High Hedge Act
Local Planning Authorities have specific powers to protect trees by making Tree Preservation Orders. Special provisions also apply to trees within conservation areas designated by local planning authorities. The information given below is written for the benefit of tree owners, the general public and amenity groups and answers some of the most commonly asked questions about Tree Preservation Procedures. It is for guidance only and is not a statement of the law. You should consult a solicitor if you are unsure of your legal rights or obligations.
More information on Tree Preservation Orders is available at the bottom of this page.
Please note that before submitting a planning application it may be prudent to contact the Tree Preservation Officer to obtain help and advice on information that will be needed to validate an application. The Tree Preservation Office can be contacted on 01543 464307.
The High Hedge Act
High Hedges have become a problem to local residents in some respect and action can now be taken if required to deal with these matters. Click on the links below to access information. Please note that the fee for dealing with a high hedge application is £420 and must be submitted with the relevant forms together with evidence after all avenues to resolve the matter have been sought.
For further information please ring the Council number 01543 462621 and ask to speak to a member of the Environmental Services team.
High Hedges - Complaining To The Council
High Hedges - Complaints, Prevention and Cure
Trees and Problem Hedges
Guidance Notes - Completing The Complaints Form
High Hedges - Height Height and Light Loss
High Hedge Complaints Form
Last Updated: 05/06/2019